Loooong replies in posts

  • GoodPup

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    Feb 20, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
    Maybe I am ADD or just lose interest... but is it just me, or is it kind of annoying when people post really really long replies?

    I've found that there could be a topic I am genuinely interested in, but as soon as I see a novel, separated with chapters... ok, a little sracastic... but when it is too long I give up on that post and move on. lol

    Anyone else agree?
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    Feb 20, 2009 6:46 PM GMT


    EXACTLY !!! I never read the long posts unless it's really really important ... I mean who got the time and the patience to read them to the end and then move to the next long post ???

    All my posts are like this , summarized and straight to the point..

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    Feb 20, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    Indeed...long posts generally get skipped or skimmed at best..

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    Feb 20, 2009 9:34 PM GMT
    Generally speaking, the longer the length of the post the better, unless someone's just posting nonsensical garbage or is posting in order to read their own words on a page.

    I think you can judge someone before meeting, in part, by the length of their emails or forum posts. If you're emailing back and forth with someone, or posting in forums, and the only thing you get are short, perhaps two sentence replies and posts, I think you can generally extrapolate that to how well a person's going to converse in the real world. If the only answers to a question that a person can provide (and this assumes, of course, that the question isn't something flippant or simply meant for a short reply) consist of a sentence or two, that's not a good sign. The ability to converse is of the utmost importance for me; if someone puts thought into a post and it takes several long paragraphs, that's all the better.

    So, I say "be verbose, be erudite, use the beautiful gift that is the English language." Bring on the epic posts.
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:36 PM GMT
    I couldn't agree more....I like short posts
    If your going to post a book at least give us a one line summary!!
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:42 PM GMT
    Caslon9000 saidIndeed...long posts generally get skipped or skimmed at best..

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    Feb 20, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    Short Post is better
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    Chewey_Delt saidGenerally speaking, the longer the length of the post the better, unless someone's just posting nonsensical garbage or is posting in order to read their own words on a page.

    I think you can judge someone before meeting, in part, by the length of their emails or forum posts. If you're emailing back and forth with someone, or posting in forums, and the only thing you get are short, perhaps two sentence replies and posts, I think you can generally extrapolate that to how well a person's going to converse in the real world. If the only answers to a question that a person can provide (and this assumes, of course, that the question isn't something flippant or simply meant for a short reply) consist of a sentence or two, that's not a good sign. The ability to converse is of the utmost importance for me; if someone puts thought into a post and it takes several long paragraphs, that's all the better.

    So, I say "be verbose, be erudite, use the beautiful gift that is the English language." Bring on the epic posts.



    This is a long post blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

    Yes , I'd definetly kiss the guy above me .

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    And a beautiful language is about quality not quantity ..
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:45 PM GMT
    Short, sweet and to the point gets my vote...
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:47 PM GMT
    I apologize. I'm one of the suckers for long posts. Especially in academic/philosophical debates. I generally try to keep my posts at least manageable, but I like to keep my ideas and points separate and clear. Oh well. I'm sure someone out there appreciates my thoroughness.
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    Feb 20, 2009 9:51 PM GMT
    GHoSTic said

    This is a long post blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

    Yes , I'd definetly kiss the guy above me .

    It's anoying ... belive meh
    And a beautiful language is about quality not quantity ..


    You missed a key phrase in my post.

    Chewey_Delt
    (and this assumes, of course, that the question isn't something flippant or simply meant for a short reply)


    Considering that the OP included the point that even for topics that he's genuinely interested in he doesn't like long replies, I still come down on my original opinion. Interesting and good topics demand good replies, and good replies tend towards length.
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    Feb 20, 2009 10:05 PM GMT

    Chewey ... even good topics can be replied by a short paragraph or few sentences ...

    Sorry to say that, but very few are interested in reading stories about your life before you comment about some topic .... It's kinda sad when you type all that information and you know nobody is gonna read it ...



  • UncleverName

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:19 PM GMT
    Awh!!! Poor little babies. Soooo cute. They have to read stuff and they don't want to. Awwwwhhhh. Sooo cute. They go to forums, where reading is basically a must, and then don't want to read!!! Adorable!
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    Feb 20, 2009 10:22 PM GMT
    It depends entirely upon whose writing it. There are a handful of people on here who I actually find interesting enough to take the time to read everything they write. There are a few others who's posts I skim through and still others that I completely ignore. You quickly learn after a few posts whether or not you're going to find someone's posts worth your time.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    It largely depends on who you're writing for. If I write a longer post or reply, I'm writing it for whoever's interested in reading it (and to give my input in a thread). That some or even most will ignore it is irrelevant, as I'm not writing with them in mind.

    Why care about the audience that does not care for your input?
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    Feb 20, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    totally agree, i hate long posts, no one reads them so stop... get to the point people, dont need your life story
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    Feb 20, 2009 10:25 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidAwh!!! Poor little babies. Soooo cute. They have to read stuff and they don't want to. Awwwwhhhh. Sooo cute. They go to forums, where reading is basically a must, and then don't want to read!!! Adorable!



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    Feb 20, 2009 10:26 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidAwh!!! Poor little babies. Soooo cute. They have to read stuff and they don't want to. Awwwwhhhh. Sooo cute. They go to forums, where reading is basically a must, and then don't want to read!!! Adorable!


    LOL .. I like this thread .. (and your attitude, really !)
    It's becoming a war !! .. well, ya it's about reading .. but we don't have the time (or energy) to read each long post in 100+ replies thread ...

    You're gonna hate me right ?
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    Feb 20, 2009 10:30 PM GMT
    Some people really just need to stick to the "guy above you" threads as it seems anything beyond that may be just too difficult to comprehend.


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    Feb 20, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
    I´d lick the guy above me´s pecs.

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  • GoodPup

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidAwh!!! Poor little babies. Soooo cute. They have to read stuff and they don't want to. Awwwwhhhh. Sooo cute. They go to forums, where reading is basically a must, and then don't want to read!!! Adorable!


    Do I sense a little sarcasm? Are you one of those forum people whose posts have a Table of Contents?

    I don't mind posts that are thorough with complete sentences that have a start, finish, and full body.... but how many paragraphs are needed to get a point across? Like when you can page down 2 or 3 times and still see no end in site... I am over it. LOL
  • joggerva

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidIt depends entirely upon whose writing it. There are a handful of people on here who I actually find interesting enough to take the time to read everything they write. There are a few others who's posts I skim through and still others that I completely ignore. You quickly learn after a few posts whether or not you're going to find someone's posts worth your time.


    Wow. I didn't realize how strongly people felt about this "issue". I didn't really think about how I react to long posts, but upon thinking about it, I essentially do what Mr. Sodomite here has described.

    I'll read the whole thing if:
    a) I have previous knowledge of the poster's discussions, or
    b) if upon skimming, the post sounds interesting, or
    c) the topic is interesting enough that I want to absorb every detail.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    Oh Def!...Sum people write a Novel for god sakes...LOL....Send me the Cliff notes, cause I aint reading it.......LOL......icon_eek.gif
  • FrontRowIn

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Usually if I write a really long post, it's because it pertains to what I'm telling the person who asked the question. But normally I try to keep it short and sweet.
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 20, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    I'd write an obnoxiously long post here, but I don't feel like it right now. icon_wink.gif